Friday, December 25

Scripture Passage: Luke 2:8-20 “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’” (Luke 2:10)

In many circumstances in my life I have been afraid. With my Dad’s extensive medical history, I have sometimes been very afraid we would lose him. Other things bring me fear too. Life is full of reasons for fear and anxiety. Currently, I am facing a major life decision in deciding what college to attend, but I wonder what I will do if something happens to my Dad and I can’t get home. What if I get to college, and it’s not a good fit for me? It’s terrifying how many things I have to consider in making this decision. However, I know I do not need to be afraid.

In Luke we learn of Jesus’ birth and the strength and security it brings. We learn that we do not need to be afraid. In these verses, we read of the Savior being born, leaving us no reason to be afraid. Jesus has come to forgive us and welcome us into our Father’s kingdom. What do we have to fear when we have God on our side? Jesus will never leave us, and He will always be by our side. Isn’t that good news that brings great joy?

In this Advent season, we await the coming of our Lord who will bring us eternal life, an eternal life without fear. In this time of fear and unease in our country, may we still reach out and show God’s love in this world. Let us be God’s mirror into our world and lead all people to an eternal life without fear.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for sending your Son into the world. Thank You for protecting us and giving us strength in trying times. Help us to overcome our fear and be Your light and reflection in the world. Let us be gracious and show Your love fearlessly in the world in all situations, even to those that make us uneasy. Thank You for showing us Your kindness and love. In Your name we pray, Amen.

Courtney Packer – 2016